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Home » About Vermont Tech » Center for Sustainable Practices » About Us

About Us

Donna Barlow Casey is the first full time Director of the Center for Sustainable, assuming this position in the spring 2010. She has a longstanding reputation championing innovative solutions to environmental issues with an emphasis on solid waste and sustainable materials management for Zero Waste systems, is a certified Master Composter/Recycler, a 2002 recipient of a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for her DeTox Family Program, an Advisory Board member for Toxics Action Center and a frequent speaker at environmental conferences.

Mia Roethlein is the Green Training Project Manager responsible for managing and growing this new program through VT Tech Continuing Education Department. Mia brings a strong personal and professional commitment to sustainability as well as a solid background in project and event management and wonderful customer service skills to this position. Most recently the program manager for Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District where she ran a complex variety of waste reduction programs including recycling depots, hazardous waste collections, and new zero waste programming, Mia has a B.S. in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Amherst.

FY 2012-2013 Sustainability Fellows

In the 2011-2012 academic year, both Michelle Girouard and Dan Aubin helped VT Technical College inaugurate Sustainability Fellowship program, and they continue in this role as part of the CSP.

A Lebanon, NH native, Michelle earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in Landscape Development and Ornamental Horticulture in 2005, returning to VT Tech for a bachelor's degree in Sustainable Design and Technology.

"This fellowship offers the opportunity for a more professional, less academic, experience," Girouard said, "I see it as providing the support to help me narrow my career focus and find my passion within the growing field of sustainability work, while contributing to VT Tech's effort to create a more sustainable campus environment."

As the first Sustainability Fellow at VT Tech, Michelle designed the Center for Sustainable Practices' environmental film and guest lecturer series and became the champion for behavioral change programming as part of the IBM Energy Reduction Team. IBM work continues through the end of calendar year 2012, with an increasing emphasis on institutionalizing energy awareness in students, conserving energy in dormitories, and establishing an observable atmosphere of being an "energy sensible campus" in both Randolph and Williston. The grant is one of eleven IBM Centennial Grants awarded to projects around the world - and one of only two in the U.S. - in recognition of the company's 100th anniversary.

Dan's Fellowship work began in January 2012, with a primary focus on the historic Allen House renovation project, and continues through the end of the calendar year. A Norwich, CT resident, Dan earned two degrees during his four years at Vermont Tech -- a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design and Technology.

With his particular interest in historical preservation and architecture, Aubin's work focuses on the Allen House renovation project (the CSP's new home on campus) including research and writing about the historical and architectural aspects of that project, developing the Center for Sustainable Practices first Special Event - the Green Apple of Service - a project of the US Green Building Council. USGBC
Dan also spent spring semester working as a teaching assistant in Professor Ward Joyce's Green Building Tech Survey class.

Originally thinking that he might want to pursue a career in historic preservation, Dan since decided to enter law school as a result of being exposed through the Fellowship, to the role that policy plays determining the direction of environmental programming. Dan is the first VT Tech graduate in years to be admitted to Vermont Law School, and will attend VLS as a part-time student this fall while concluding his Fellowship with the Center for Sustainable Practices.

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